A deaf woman was offered a job at a hospital which was then withdrawn. Lacey-Rose Saamanthy, from Harlow, Essex, was offered a job in a cafe at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford after a successful interview. But after two months without any news she eventually received a letter telling her she could no longer have a job over concerns about a risk assessment.
The hospital trust said keeping people safe was "really important". Miss Saamanthy said she had been "delighted" to have been finally offered a job after applying for "thousands". She said: "I asked, 'when do I start', but things seemed to get postponed and I didn't hear anything, so after two months my partner Maurice called them to see what was going on. Customer warnings "Finally I got a letter which said, 'I'm really, really sorry but we are going to reject your application because you are deaf'.
They listed a few reasons, which I didn't think was good enough. I was upset, confused, it was just terrible." Among the hospital's concerns were Miss Saamanthy being unable to tell customers costs and give warnings about the temperature of drinks. Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (MEHSNT), which runs the hospital, said it had contacted Miss Saamanthy to explore other opportunities for her at the hospital.